In Memory of
Paul Herbert Bellamy
Rapid City, South Dakota
April 20, 1922-August 26, 1944
Killed in action flying over Germany
Paul “Herb” Herbert Bellamy was born on April 20, 1922, in
Rapid City, South Dakota to Paul and Lucy Bellamy. He had two sisters, Mary
Gertrude and Florence, and a brother, James. He grew up in Rapid City and
graduated from Rapid City High School in 1939. His activities included band,
basketball, commercial club, dramatic club, debate club, football, math club,
music festival, national forensic league, rifle club and the science club.
Paul’s best friend from high school, Rex Alan Smith, always knew him as “Herbie,”
and when contacted for information on Paul’s life, quoted: “This is the first
time I have known his first name was Paul.” Because his father’s name was also
Paul, the family called him Herbie.
Paul always wanted to be a pilot and was constantly eating
carrots in hopes of improving his eyesight so he could join the Army Air Corp
and fly a bomber. After high school, he attended college for at least two years,
as this was a criteria for being accepted into pilot training. Paul enlisted in
the Air Force at Fort Meade. He was the first Rapid City native to train and
become a B-17 pilot. He was on the AAF 569 Bomb SQ., and his rank was that of
Second Lieutenant Paul Herbert Bellamy was killed in action
flying over Germany at the European Theatre of Operations on August 26, 1944.
The Bellamy Recreation Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base is named after him.
We greatly appreciate the sacrifice Second Lieutenant
Bellamy made for our country.
This entry was respectfully submitted by
Katie Johnston, Kelley Meeks, and Matthew Holub, seniors at Wall High School,
Wall, South Dakota, May 1, 2002. Information was provided by Rex Allen Smith,
Box Elder, South Dakota, friend of Second Lt. Paul Herbert Bellamy, and Judge
Marshall Young, Rapid City, South Dakota, nephew of 2nd Lt. Paul